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Melo says it may be time to ‘re-evaluate everything’ and that you can boo him all you want

Jan 22, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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The word “reflective” was used to describe Carmelo Anthony after Saturday night’s loss to the Nuggets. He wasn’t just pressing ahead, spitting out “both teams played hard” and ignoring the realities of where the Knick are at. He was honest about the struggles, and even if the comments come with a slight dose of bitterness, Anthony isn’t looking at the team or the coaching or the defense for why the Knicks are losing. He’s staring in the mirror.

From the New York Times:

“I’ve been in situations like this before, when shots don’t go in,” said Anthony, who is 35 for 105 over the last four games. “Maybe I need to not take so many shots. I don’t know. That’s just a bunch of stuff that goes through my mind. Just coming down, taking less shots, just figuring out ways, how to make other guys better. Should I pass it more?”

He added: “Maybe I should take the blame for the games we’ve been losing, the offensive struggles. The coaches do run the offense through me. I’ll take it. I’ll take that blame.”

via Gallinari’s Career-High 37 Points Help Nuggets Top Knicks in Double Overtime – NYTimes.com.

Yes, you will. But at least he’s willing to say that, at least he’s open to the possibility. Anthony also related the possibility that the problem was physical, not strategic.

“Maybe it is time to reevaluate everything, reevaluate my body, sit with the trainers, see what is going on,’’ Anthony said. “I am hard-headed at times.’’

via Knicks fall in double overtime to Nuggets, 119-114, for 6th straight loss – NYPOST.com.

The thing is, Anthony’s off in his thinking. This isn’t a binary issue. It’s not “Carmelo shoots/Carmelo doesn’t shoot.” Anthony can take 40 shots a game and the Knicks can be successful, but only if those shots are coming off of creating matchup problems, or off the catch-and-shoot, or in the pick and roll. As it stands, Anthony is receiving the ball, facing up, and either lifting and firing over his opponent, or driving into and past one, two, three opponents to get to the rim. And sometimes it works! That’s what’s amazing about Anthony! He can get those shots to fall.

But you can’t do it consistently. If Anthony’s hurt, sure, he should take a seat for a while. The shortened schedule is only making injuries worse this season. But if he’s healthy, and wondering how to get on track, it’s not about shooting or not shooting. It’s about good shots vs. bad. It’s about working in the flow of an offense vs. going hero-mode. Carmelo Anthony is a singular offensive talent. But if he’s not used correctly, not only does he hurt himself, but the rest of the team by removing them from the flow.

Oh, and by the way, those that are booing Melo? Uh, that’s not really getting to him, according to him.

“I’m not too concerned about that,” he said, vowing that he will fulfill the grand expectations that came with the trade.

“Things will still be great,” he said. “I’m not down, I’m not regretting anything. I’m not regretting the trade. I’m here. You want to boo me for missing shots, boo me.”

via Gallinari’s Career-High 37 Points Help Nuggets Top Knicks in Double Overtime – NYTimes.com.

Good thing Melo doesn’t mind. Because unless Mike D’Antoni wrangles the offense, that’s probably not going to stop.

  1. cakemixa - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    “Maybe I need to play defense” is what he should have said.

  2. khadeemw - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    The main problem with Carmelo Anthony is that he isnt always active on offense and defense. On offense when he doesnt have the ball he doesnt work hard enough to get the ball. What you do before you have the ball is more important than what you do when you get. He doesnt run hard off screens, many times he doesnt get the best position he can, and I rarely see him setting a screen for his teammates. Defensively, he will give an initial effort then give up. Hopefully with a veteran point guard like Baron Davis Melo will step his game up

    • beantown85 - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      He had a veteran point guard with Billups and clearly that didn’t help him. After they got swept Billups came out and basically said that he’s not OK with just getting swept, meanwhile Melo’s out wearing his new clothes at a fashion show instead of hitting the gym. He’ll never ever win a title, ever. That is unless he jumps ship like Lebron and piggy backs onto a real team.

  3. glink123 - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    I think you mean “after Saturday’s loss to the Nuggets”.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      I can’t believe he still hasn’t edited this.

  4. premiumpit - Jan 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Someone neeeds to teach this team how to play defense!!! When teams play us they have no problem scoring…And I think anthony needs to share the ball with amare…Slow the damn game down instead if trying to push everything up and down the court…GET RID OF THIS COACH…HIS OFFENSE WILL NOT WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP

  5. donttazemebro - Jan 22, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    holy cow did the Knicks get taken in that deal!The Nuggets got younger while the Knicks got a guy who wants to shoot the ball and do little else.Oh well as long as LaLa gets to be a diva in NYC that’s all that matters.

    • brooklynbulls - Jan 22, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      Th Knicks got robbed. It’s as if Isaiah Thomas never left. Oh wait…

      I actually dont understand why Knicks fans are so upset. The Garden faithful knew exactly what they were getting when they were pining for him, spontaneously breaking out into a chorus of “Melo” multiple times before the trade. They wanted a ball stopping one dimensional super scorer and thats exactly what they received. You cant blame Melo, he is who he is. Blame those that wanted him, and had to have him at any price.

      • beagle11 - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

        Not all Knicks fans wanted him.. This organization is ran like the Jets, they take celebrity over substance every chance they get.. Dolan did all he could to keep fields out of the deal instead of Gallo.. Why? Because Spike Lee’s dumb ass wears his jersey? This team would be championship ready if they never made that deal and signed Chandler, drafters shump/harrelson. If management had any Balls/Brains at all they would send Melo’s punk ass to the nets for Deron Williams tonight and admit they made a mistake.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:15 AM

      The Knicks got exactly what they wanted: a big-name player. What they should’ve been looking for is a big-game player.

  6. rohlo - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    ybe its because coaches like Mike D’Antoni and rick adelman whos offenses never play a lick of defense will never be championship coaches..there comes a point when you gotta stop the other team cause your own shots arent always gonna fall…

  7. chilechipotle - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Carmelo no bueno, great deal for the Nuggets! Poor Nicks! It will be another 5 years of losing, no breaks.

  8. bossmangunny - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    people talk alot of crap about Melo,but he took Denver to the playoffs many times,albeit no championship.He needs a better Coach.Is that weak?Maybe.But Jordan,Shaq and Kobe had Phil Jackson.Hell most Championship caliber teams have very good coaches.Point guard is a missing piece yes,but so is a good coach

    • denverhoopdreams - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

      George Karl took the Nuggets to the Playoffs except for the year the Nuggets had two coaching changes. That is the year the West was just really weak. Just saying.

  9. bossmangunny - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    And sorry Denver,you have a balanced team,decent coach….but you have no go to guy in the clutch…every championship team has one,or two.Hell some teams even have three.You got young talent out of the deal.Wizards,Bobcats,and the Cavs have young talent.So what..

    • goforthanddie - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:19 AM

      Denver: 12-5.
      Knicks: 6-10.

      Apparently the Knicks have no clutch players either. Or 1st period players, 2nd period players…

  10. bossmangunny - Jan 22, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    If im a Basketball player of any value,I would rather play in Basketball town,not a snowboarding town

    • denverhoopdreams - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      You smoke a lot of crack, don’t you?

    • beantown85 - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      He didn’t win in Denver and he was there for 8 or 9 years. Now they’re winning without him. Read something rather than just watching sportscenter and maybe you might have a little more of an educated opinion.

      • denverhoopdreams - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:18 PM

        7 years, but yeah.. pretty much the only real good playoff run we had with him was when we got to the West Finals… but even then we had an coming off him prime Billups.

      • makjak2 - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        Whoa slow down there, yeah the Knicks got robbed in the trade but let’s not act like these Nuggets are going all the way now that Melo is gone.

  11. beantown85 - Jan 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    Typical NY fans trying to find a scapegoat so they can take the blame off of their organization. They wanted Melo regardless of the fact that they had to trade away half their team, they wanted Amare regardless of having to pay him $100 million. Well now they’re stuck with them as their core and Melo’s out doing red carpet appearances right after getting swept. He’s not a winner and never will be!!

    • makjak2 - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Time out, I don’t know anybody besides the idiots running the Knicks that wanted to pay Amare 100 mil.

  12. bossmangunny - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Typical NY haters.Greatest city in the world.I’m loyal to the Knicks yes,just realize that Dantoni been losing before Melo got here.And sorry they don’t have Red carpets in Denver.Great slopes though.v

    • goforthanddie - Jan 23, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      Dear pinhead: It’s OK to be loyal, but when your team sucks, man up and deal with it.

  13. djflav303 - Jan 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    All those red carpets don’t mean anything to us. We don’t just have one or two guys that can hit shots, we have 5 or 7 guys, u think Al can’t hit a game winner? Galo, miller, afflalo, ect? Galo and Mosgov out played melo and stoutamire and there are young guys who will only get better. NY is just mad because they got suckered by all the flashing lights and jumped on the band wagon. We know who melo is, remember when you guys hated him for that fight? He’s still the same guy. And now u look stupid for falling in love with a dream and thinking u got over on Denver. Having a “go to guy” doesn’t mean anything when that team has no heart. NY is just bitter and they feel like they should have a good team cus they’re in a big market. We don’t care about that sorry city and we don’t bow to anybody in the Midwest. Them words don’t mean anything cus we just went to the east coast and stomped out every team that played us. Now go worry about fashion cus your basketball season is over.

  14. 00maltliquor - Jan 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    I see a lot of you guys are blaming D’Antoni. He does get some of the blame but c’mon, he never had the right pieces to run his style of play. It was like Kurt Rambis in Minnasota before he got canned. Trust me, Mike D is a good coach but he needs a crafty, speedy PG and a gang of versitile shooters. They team as it’s currently constructed would be better running a Rambis style offense. It’s all about putting the right pieces together.

  15. denverhoopdreams - Jan 22, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    denverhoopdreams – Jan 22, 2012 at 3:09 PM
    I like how this Knicks fanboy has no idea what Denver is even about. Especially considering we’re not a flippin snowboard town. Sports are the center of Denver. The Nuggets have a packed arena even without a superstar. In fact, were playing the most exciting basketball in Denver right now since Mutombo was around!!!

    George Karl is probably a coach who deserved coach of the year last year more so than Tom Thibodeau. And I definitely think he’ll get it this year. So to say he’s only a decent coach shows your ignorance about basketball. But this is assumed with bandwaggon states like NY and Miami.

    Also, you probably don’t know who Arron Afflalo is when you say we have no one to go into the clutch. Had Crawford not got a rediculous deal in Portland Afflalo would’ve signed a lot earlier with us, and had his basketball legs fully under him and looked consistent earlier in the season.. but guess what, now he’s looking consistent. Harrington is a little streaky, but any night we can go to him in the clutch. Gallo is proving that we can go to him in the clutch.

    I just don’t understand what you’re trying to say at all Gunny, other than nonsense.

    (I don’t know why my post doesn’t show to everyone else?)

  16. glink123 - Jan 22, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Is there really such a thing as a “go-to guy” on a team 3 games under .500? lol. I guess that makes John Wall a “go-to guy” too.

    • bossmangunny - Jan 22, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      Go to guy(how about a top 20 player).John Wall has yet to prove anything in this league.D-League players embarrass him

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